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Jenny Koltnow
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Our Mission

To reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and our spirits.

Our Core Purpose

To improve health and well-being so that people can experience the full richness of life.

Overview & History

Church Health provides quality, affordable healthcare to uninsured working people and their families, and gives people tools to live healthier lives. Founded in 1987 by Dr. Scott Morris, an ordained United Methodist minister and board-certified family practice physician, Church Health has grown to become the largest faith-based healthcare organization of its kind in the United States.

Through our partnership with Empowering Church Health Outreach (ECHO), we host replication workshops several times a year to help people across the country start and expand clinics based on our model. To date, there are more than 45 clinics in the country using our community-based model of care.

Recognizing that health is more than prescribing pills, we also offer fitness, nutrition, and educational programming for children, teens and adults. Our Model for Healthy Living informs every service line of our organization and illustrates how the seven key dimensions of our health overlap and contribute to our overall well-being. Our Faith Community Outreach staff offers hope for a healthier life by reaching people where they worship. Church Health provides the support, consultation and education to start or strengthen health ministries in congregations. Since 1988, more than 1,200 Congregational Health Promoters have been trained to be health leaders within their congregations.

Crosstown Concourse Expansion

Pre-Crosstown Crosstown Increase
Medical Rooms 34 62 77%
Dental Chairs 10 24 140%
Eye Treatment Rooms 4 16 300%
Counseling Rooms 4 12 200%

By the Numbers: FY2017

Clinical Services Visits 49,567
Unique Individuals Served 15,351
Volunteer Healthcare Professionals (Over 24 Months) 1,000+
Volunteers Total Hours 19,289
Patients Served Since Inception 70,000


Volunteers are the lifeblood of Church Health. We could not serve on the level we do without hundreds of volunteer medical professionals who provides quality affordable healthcare to tens of thousands of people in our community. We also offer a diverse array of non-medical volunteer and internship opportunities to individuals, groups and students.

About Our Founder & CEO

In 1986, Dr. Scott Morris came to Memphis – one of the poorest, unhealthiest cities in America – with the idea of opening a medical clinic to serve the working uninsured. As Church Health has grown over its first 30 years, Dr. Morris has continued to rally the faith community together and spur ecumenical and interfaith dialog and action aimed at serving those in need.
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